Boeing wins $9.2 billion contract for new Air Force training jet

Boeing beats Lockheed for $9.2-billion Air Force trainer program

The 351 to 475 training aircraft and 120 ground-based training systems would be produced at Boeing's St. Louis plant through 2034, the Air Force announced Thursday.

A new Air Force training jet won't be built in eastern Alabama.

With hopes to win the lucrative project, KAI had formed a consortium with the US' Lockheed Martin to replace 350 units of the aging T-38 jets.

The new sophisticated training system will help train fighter and bomber pilots of the Air Force for generations to come, and Boeing is the designated prime contractor for the Advanced Pilot Training Program.

The Air Force expects the first simulators will arrive at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph in Texas in 2023.

"Today's announcement is the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team", said Caret in a released statement. Earlier last week, the Air Force awarded a Boeing-Leonardo team the contract to build a replacement for the UH-1N Huey helicopter, edging out Sierra Nevada Corp.

The service's target date for reach initial operational capability with the T-X is 2024.




But Boeing has notched a string of victories in the past month, winning footholds on major military programs that should pad its coffers for decades.

"Columbus Air Force Base is excited to get a new trainer", Crennan said.

U.S. Air Force's Homepage. Boeing and Triumph officials have previously said that orders for hundreds more of the training aircraft could also be placed by foreign military forces.

An Air Force spokeswoman declined to comment.

The Air Force took a number of steps ahead of the T-X program to boost competition and buy down risk, service acquisition officials told reporters September 27 at the Pentagon.

The contest pitted an all-new aircraft and flight simulators created by Boeing and Stockholm-based Saab against entries based on existing models from a Lockheed-Korean Aerospace Industries partnership and from Rome-based Leonardo, bidding through its DRS subsidiary. CAFB will receive a new line of trainer jets to replace the almost 60-year-old T38.

Boeing team-mate Saab AB said the contract is worth USD9.2 billion with an initial USD813 million deal for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) portion.

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